Saturday, May 30, 2009

Coach Calipari Deserves Far Better!

Lwcat
WT Administrator

Recent articles and comments from many in the sports media regarding John Calipari have been exceedingly unfair…..they are too often filled with half truths and lies! Calipari was head coach at U Mass for 8 years and Memphis for 9 years….that’s 17 years…..and never once has coach Calipari been cited by the NCAA for an infraction. Yet, after reading articles and comments from the sports media…..you would think that Calipari has been in the NCAA doghouse throughout his career.

The Marcus Camby situation at U Mass is often blamed on coach Calipari, but the facts are otherwise…..Marcus Camby accepted money and other gifts from 2 sports agents without the knowledge of Coach Calipari or U Mass. This situation could have happened under any coach in America. Unfortunately, NCAA rules penalized U Mass when in fairness the only penalty should have been leveled at Camby…a severe penalty… because Camby committed the infraction…..not U Mass, not the U Mass players and not the U Mass coaching staff. NCAA rules are terribly outdated and completely unfair when the penalties are leveled at the victim….U Mass in this case….and not the individual, Camby who committed the infraction.

Now we have the recent Derrick Rose situation at Memphis and thus far the NCAA has leveled the charge against Derrick Rose concerning an SAT test and possibly high school grades being altered. Again, who is the charge against….it’s against Rose. Yet, in reading various sports articles and comments….too often, they blame Calipari or suggest that this is evidence that Calipari runs a dirty program. Say what! The NCAA has told UK and Calipari that he is not a target in this investigation because there is zero evidence that Coach Calipari, his coaching staff or anyone at Memphis had knowledge of Rose’s actions.

We all understand that the coach is the so called “Captain” of the program….and certainly all coaches are responsible for their actions, the actions of those on their staff and providing the necessary and reasonable safeguards protecting the integrity of their program. However, coaches cannot follow recruits or players 24 hours a day…. nor should they be held responsible when a player, like Camby, in secret….strikes a deal with sports agents. While the NCAA at least understood that Calipari was not responsible for the Camby situation or the Derrick Rose situation…..unfortunately, those “holier then thou” so called sports writers and sports media…..have chosen to suggest and/or claim that coach Calipari runs a dirty program. These sports people conveniently ignore the facts and in an almost herd mentality…. attack the reputation of a coach who has not once in his entire career been accused of breaking an NCAA rule!

Coach Calipari, like all of us, is not perfect…..but, he has been shown to be caring coach, generous human being and a wonderful family man…..and IMO….a man of integrity!

It is a travesty that coach Calipari is receiving this kind of shabby treatment! I would hope that all UK fans stand foursquare behind coach Calipari…..he deserves our full support….and, importantly, coach Calipari deserves far better from the sports media!

Monday, May 25, 2009

Interview with Bill Keightley, (Week 6)

Kygoff
WT Administrator

This week's interview with Mr. Keightley discusses the 1960's era of University of Kentucky basketball and its players. Mr. Keightley discusses and compares the 1960s to the present era by examining the topics of recruitment, professional scouting, the size and talent of players, players shorter stays with a program, and physical training. Finally, Mr. Keightley discusses the best players at the University of Kentucky throughout the decades.

Interview with William B. Keightley, November 28, 2005 (01:12:07)
Keightley, William B.; Interviewee -- Suchanek, Jeffrey; Interviewer

Monday, May 18, 2009

Interview with Bill Keightley, (Week 5)

Kygoff
WT Administrator

In Week 5's Interview, Bill Keightley discusses former coach Adolph Rupp and the University of Kentucky men's basketball program during the 1960s. In his discussion of Rupp, Keightley focuses on his recruitment of African-American players, his historic mischaracterization as a racist, his personality, coaching style, biggest rivals, and his thoughts on the toughest venues in which to play an opposing team. Keightley discusses several of the key players and teams of the 1960s, including Cotton Nash, Rupp's Runts and Randy Embry. Additionally, he discusses the late 1960's anti-war movement and its effect on the University of Kentucky campus, Coach Rupp, and on the basketball team.

Interview with William B. Keightley, November 8, 2005 (1:11)

Keightley, William B.; Interviewee -- Suchanek, Jeffrey; Interviewer

Monday, May 11, 2009

Interview with Bill Keightley, (Week 4)

Kygoff
WT Administrator

Here's this weeks Interview with Mr. Keightley where he discusses working for legendary coach Adolph Rupp. He discusses his personality, innovative style of play, discipline, and reputation. He recalls differences between Rupp's time and the present in recruiting, playing styles, and attitudes towards the academic life of players. He concludes by again denying allegations that Rupp was racist because he did not recruit African-American players during his tenure at the University of Kentucky.

Interview with William B. Keightley, November 4, 2005 (45:45)

Keightley, William B.; Interviewee -- Suchanek, Jeffrey; Interviewer

Friday, May 08, 2009

Patterson Returning to UK

The University of Kentucky men's basketball program got some more great news today as Patrick Patterson announced that he'll be returning for his Junior season. Patterson lead the team in 2008-09 with 15 double-doubles. Patterson's returning is string music to UK fans as Patterson will be leading the incoming Number 1 recruiting class in 2009 with Hood, Orton, Cousins, Dodson and Bledsoe. UK is still waiting to hear word from Jodie Meeks on whether he'll return to UK for his Senior season or stay in the 2009 NBA draft. Most insiders and sports fans believe that Meeks will returning to help Patterson LEAD the 2009-10 squad on and off the court and hopefully a special "WITNESS" season.

Tuesday, May 05, 2009

Interview with Bill Keightley, (Week 3)

Kygoff
WT Administrator

Here's Week 3's interview with Mr. Keightley, where he recalls the discipline, physical activity, drill instructors, and fellow Marines at boot camp on Paris Island. He summarizes his duties as a Marine and the impact military service had on his life. Keightley discusses his employment with Coca Cola, Streetman's Biscuit Company, and how his job as a mail carrier led to his involvement with the University of Kentucky. He remembers his early duties in the UK ticket office and as assistant to George Hukle (his predecessor as equipment manager).

Interview with William B. Keightley, October 31, 2005 (1:11:12)

Keightley, William B.; Interviewee -- Suchanek, Jeffrey; Interviewer